The University of Texas was to assist in the organization and instruction of classes as needed.In spite of its nominal placement under the Headquarters Division, legislative appropriation bills listed the Bureau under the Highway Patrol for many years.The training course originally lasted seven weeks and was run as a semi-military organization, with drills and permits required for leave. One of the students in the first recruit training school, and the commanding officer of the second through sixth recruit schools was Lieutenant Homer Garrison, Jr., who became the first Assistant Director of DPS when it was organized in 1935, and soon after served as its Director (and chief of the Texas Rangers) from 1938 to 1968, with the rank of Colonel.The Law Enforcement Academy was renamed as the Homer Garrison, Jr. The Academy comprises classrooms, a library, auditorium, dormitory rooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, both an indoor and outdoor firing range, and staff and conference space.Records include instructional manuals, rosters, grades, evaluations, medical records, counseling records, field assignments, reports, statistics, logs, correspondence, telegrams, press releases, clippings, publications, photographs, audiocassettes, videotapes, CD-Rs, yearbooks, graduation materials and other class records dating 1930-1931, 1935-2006, bulk 1980-2000, 2002-2006.Records from 1930-1931 are Texas Highway Department training records for the Texas Highway Patrol, which was transferred to the authority of the newly created Texas Department of Public Safety in 1935.The Training Academy within the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Administrative Division, Staff Support Services Unit, Training Bureau provides basic, intermediate, and advanced training and education for the state's law enforcement officers according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE, known as Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as of 2013) mandated curriculums, and also operates civilian training programs including administrative training for Department of Public Safety employees.
By 2014, the Academy had a training staff of 20 commissioned officers including 13 sergeants, four lieutenants, and two captains led by the Commander of the Academy.
The Texarkana, Texas Police Department presently employs 91 officers.
The department has been recognized since 2008 by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Best Practices Recognition Program which distinguishes the department as an agency which delivers efficient and effective services to the citizens they serve and reduces the risk and the protection of individual's rights.
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